Please Join Us

Friday, June 3, 2022
5:30-9:30 p.m.

Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove
127 West Rodney French Blvd
New Bedford, MA

Cocktails under the stars
Dinner, live auction and music

$150 per ticket

RSVP by May 20, 2022

We are so delighted to be hosting our Starry Night Gala in person
at the Kilburn Mill at Clarks Cove on Friday June 3, 2022.
Tickets can be purchased online below or by phone (774-400-7954). 

Thank you for your support!

Single Ticket
Table of 8
Or Make A Donation
Unfortunately, I/we will not be able to attend. 
I/We would like to make a donation
Thank You to Our Gala Sponsors!

Tome Andrade and Julie Lohr
John and Darlene Chuplis
Drs. Tim and Luba Flanigan
Laura McPhie Oliveira Consulting
Nordic Fisheries~ Peter and Cathy Anthony
Gary Sullivan
Kathy Wattles in memory of Gurdon Wattles
Hans and Ann Ziegler

Welcome To

Our Starry Night Gala will be held on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Kilburn Mill.
Corporate and individual sponsorships allow 100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales and other donations received at the event to go directly to the New Bedford Star Kids Scholarship Program.

Star Sponsorship Levels:
All levels receive recognition the night of the event as well as in our annual report.

Click on the level at which you would like to sponsor.

Platinum: $5,000
Includes 6 complimentary gala tickets, your name displayed on the invitation, in the event booklet and annual report, recognition by Founder Dr. Tim Flanigan during his annual address and special seating at the Gala with Dr. Flanigan.

Gold: $2,500
Includes 4 complimentary gala tickets, your name displayed on the  invitation,  in the event booklet and annual report, recognition by Founder Dr. Tim Flanigan during his annual address.

Silver: $1,000
Includes 2 complimentary gala tickets, your name displayed on the  invitation, in the event booklet and annual report, recognition by Founder Dr. Tim Flanigan during his annual address.

Shining: $500
Includes your name in the event booklet and annual report.

Individual: Any donation amount 
Includes your name in the event booklet and annual report.

Thank You Eastern Fisheries for being our first Starry Night ‘22 Sponsor!


This is the chance to make YOU a shining star in the eyes of a child. By sponsoring a student, you are providing a Star Kid with the chance to be challenged and be successful in his or her educational pursuits. Sponsors make our program possible! Each New Bedford Star Kid is matched with an individual or group willing to contribute to the student’s tuition.

Become a sponsor on your own or join with friends and family to sponsor a child.


Wishes streamline donations to specific items that are needed by New Bedford Star Kids to make their educational experience a success. Whether it is uniforms or textbooks, afterschool programs or summer camps; granting these wishes  will help New Bedford Star Kids reach their educational goals.

Wish #1
Tutoring & Mentoring: $200  

We have partnered with incredible people in our community who are providing our Star Kids with schoolwork as well as emotional support.  During this time of distance learning, tutors and mentors have been instrumental in helping New Bedford Star Kids adjust to this new learning environment.

Wish #2 
Books: $50 

This wish not only supports the required text books but also recommended leisure books;  nurturing each Star Kid’s enthusiasm for reading.

Wish #3
Uniforms:  $125 

This wish provides New Bedford Star Kids with their required uniforms. Uniforms provide the students with a sense of community and help reduce the stress of not having the “right” clothes to wear.

Wish #4
Summer Camp: $300 

We encourage each child to participate in a summer program in order to be engaged in summertime activities, develop talents and interests, and spend time making new friends and positive connections.

Wish #5
Field Trips: $50

Field trips are opportunities that all students look forward to. Granting this wish gives New Bedford Star Kids the opportunity to join their classmates on these excursions.

Wish #6 
After School Activities: $100

Granting this wish enables New Bedford Star Kids to participate in enriching activities that they can explore and enjoy throughout the year. Our Star Kids participate in sports, music, horseback riding, art, extended day programs, as well as other activities.

Wish #7
Driving Lessons: $150

In the life of a teenager, there isn’t anything more important than getting a driver’s license! This wish provides our Star Kids with the opportunity to attend a local driving school that will prepare them to be conscientious and confident drivers.

Wish #8 TECHNOLOGY: $300

By providing access to technology including chromebooks and hotspots, students are more productive and are able to remain connected to their teachers and peers.

Nancy Braitmayer Tribute Fund

Merry Conway:
Tribute to Nancy Braitmayer

From the very beginning, Nancy Braitmayer has been at the heart of the New Bedford Star Kids Scholarship Program. As a founding Board member and student sponsor, we are so grateful for Nancy’s wise counsel and commitment. To honor Nancy and her dedication to education and the community, we have created the Nancy Braitmayer Scholarship Fund which will provide  scholarships to at risk, vulnerable children in our program.


During our virtual Starry Night in the Cloud event, any donation totaling $500.00 or more automatically enters you into a drawing for a Chatham Bars Inn $1000.00 gift card or a catered John Saunders Famous New England Clam Boil for 12!

Please make your donation by June 18, 2021 to be eligible for the drawing!*
Thank You!

(To be eligible for the drawing, a donor must make a $500.00 donation before June 18, 2021. The drawing will be held on June 20, 2021. A donor can only win one prize. Winners do not need to be present to win. Board members, staff and their families are not eligible for the drawing.)


  • 1 oz. Van Gogh Vodka, chilled 
  • 4 oz. sparkling rosé, chilled (if rosé is dry, add ¼ oz. simple syrup)

Pour chilled vodka into a flute and top with sparkling rosé wine. Garnish with a starfruit. For a twist on color and flavor, try substituting Van Gogh Açaí-Blueberry or Van Gogh Pomegranate. For a  nonacoholic version, chose a colorful  beverage of your liking with a garnish of starfruit! Enjoy!

Thank you for helping our New Bedford Star Kids succeed!

Our communities have grown stronger with every student who graduates from high school and pursues higher education. Please sponsor a child (full, half, quarter), grant a wish, or donate to the Nancy Braitmayer Tribute Fund. Donations can be made online, by mailing payment to NBSK at PO Box 50494, New Bedford, MA 02745, or by calling Ellen at 774-400-7074.

New Bedford Star Kids Scholarship Program is a 501(c)3 non profit organization, EIN 27-0372266.  All gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

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